things i’ve learned at work
(and have to keep reminding myself)
1. the drama never ends
you never really get away from drama. the work place is very much like high school for adults. i guess you can never really expect to get away from it. where there are people, there always seems to be conflicts.
2. learn to start over
i’m a big fan of working hard, but it always kills me when i have to start over on a project because the direction i was going wasn’t right or the goals have changed. working has taught me to let go of that frustration because truth is, unlike school, you rarely get it right the first time.
3. it’s okay to still like cartoons
i always assumed that once you start work in the corporate life, you sort of have to give up a part of yourself. maybe your creativity or your sense of humor. i was so excited to hear that my mentor watches cartoons still. thank goodness people still have fun when they are adults! my greatest fear was that i would have to sell out. i’ve come to learn that really the best way to get to know people is to be comfortable with yourself. and the best way to move up is to get to know people.
4. wear comfortable shoes
the first few days of work, my feet were killing me. i was wearing uncomfortable shoes, and my feet were dying. i don’t have a physically grueling job, but shoes make a huge difference in the outcome of my day. comfortable shoes = happy feet, and happy feet = being happier at work.
5. make use of other resources
you’re never going to know EVERYTHING, so just ask. when i first started, i was scared to ask for help because i thought everyone would be annoyed by me. in the end, it’s probably preferred that i asked because i was able to work on my project faster.